Nuns of the Missionaries of Charity continue pastoral services in Yemen

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Nuns of the Missionaries of Charity continue pastoral services in Yemen

Sanaa-Abiuna

A local well-informed source has told aboun.org site that the churches in Aden are in extremely dire condition. There are three Catholic churches in the neighborhoods of Kreiter, Tawahi and Mualla that provide pastoral services to Catholic communities most of whom are foreign workers from India and the Philippines.

The source continued: "All have been evacuated, including the three priests who were located there. A priest remained there providing pastoral services in Hodeida Ta'iz, and Sanaa based on the security situation. Some 20 nuns of the Missionaries of Charity, established by Mother Teresa in 1950, remain in four houses in Sanaa, Ta'iz, Hodeida and Aden."

The source added that "there are still nuns serving poor and sick Yemenis. These nuns lack all the basics of a simple life, or rather miss what is dearest to their hearts, namely the Holy Communion.'' The source continued: "Telephone lines have been cut off as there are permanent problems with water and electricity supplies. A priest has tried to come to Aden by sea from Djibouti, but so far he has not been able to do so. The nuns refuse categorically to leave the country saying, 'where will all these people who are staying in our homes go?'"

Reports have disseminated that the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in Mualla Aden was destroyed in an aerial bombing raid during the night of May 12. Furthermore, the Houthi militias stormed the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Tawahi, Aden, and plundered all its contents.

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 12:24
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